Interpersonal Relationships

Being a good preceptor begins with cultivating a caring and supporting relationship with your students. You should translate your passion for athletic training into teaching. Do not be afraid to be enthusiastic about the topics you are discussing. Students should see you as more than a robot giving them feedback and teaching them new skills. The relationships that you build with students should be genuine and portray both the positive and negative aspects of athletic training.

A good way to build these relationships is by being vulnerable and sharing personal experiences in the field with students. This should include both the failures and successes that you have had. Being vulnerable helps students to trust you and will make them more likely to open up when they have made a mistake. We want students to understand that learning is a lifelong process and there is no such thing as a flawless clinician.

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